Toon continue to improve

Martin Bavidge struck the only goal of the game after just three minutes to take Peterhead’s league run to four wins – and four clean sheets – in their last five games.

The result doubles the number of away wins Peterhead have recorded this season, and matches the number of away wins they picked up in 2011, just one away match into 2012.

Striker Rory McAllister returned from suspension to partner Bavidge in attack and Dennis Wyness, who had scored the only goal in the win over East Stirling a week earlier, kept his place in the side, staring just behind the front two.

Graeme Sharp was the unlucky man making way for McAllister but he found a place on the bench alongside Dave Ross, returning from injury, and new loan signing from Dundee, Graham Webster,

Peterhead started well and took an early lead to warm the travelling support. Ryan Strachan’s quick free-kick allowed Bryan Deasley to curl in an early cross which the home defence failed to deal with, and Scott Ross took advantage to head back across goal, Bavidge applying the finishing touch from close range.

McInally’s men were the better side throughout the first half, but struggled to press home their advantage in the conditions, though Roy McBain’s cross-cum-shot had David Crawford scrambling across his goal ten minutes from the interval. It wasn’t until the second half that either side looked like scoring again, and dangerman Bavidge provided an early effort having cut in from the left, only to be denied by the feet of Crawford.

Strachan struck narrowly over from distance before Clyde had their first real chance of the game, Blue Toon captain Callum Macdonald recovering well to block Kieran Brannan’s shot, and goalkeeper Paul Jarvie happy to see the striker’s second attempt find the side-netting.

McAllister both won and took a free kick 20 yards from the Clyde goal, but the former Brechin City striker found the back of the stand rather than the back of the net with his powerful set piece.

In a bid to find a second goal, McInally threw on Ross and Sharp for Wyness and Deasley just after the hour and the former almost had an immediate impact. He latched onto Bavidge’s deflected cross from the right and crashed a first-time effort off the crossbar.

A second Peterhead goal was proving elusive, and that gave the hosts the encouragement they needed to commit men forward in search of an equaliser in the dying stages.

While Jarvie’s goal didn’t come under direct threat, the home side desperately claimed for a penalty as they felt substitute Steph McDonald’s late effort came off an arm as it was deflected wide, but the claims failed to sway referee Brian Colvin.

Peterhead held firm, though, to move to within two points of both Clyde and Montrose as their improvement under McInally continues.

They will host bogey side Queen’s Park at Balmoor on Saturday in what will be another stern test of their recently-improved form.

PETERHEAD: Jarvie, Donald, McBain (Davidson 83), S. Ross, Macdonald, Strachan, Wyness (D. Ross 61), Redman, McAllister, Bavidge, Deasley (Sharp 61). Subs not used: Webster, Jellema (gk).

Attendance: 456